Little Sanin looking for her mum

Rashidul Hasan

23 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

It could have been another charming day at the weekend for little Sanin with her beloved mom but things happened differently with great sadness.

It is an irony of fate that little Sanin was looking for her mother at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) morgue in broad daylight on Friday sitting on her uncle’s lap.

“I don’t get my mum anywhere. I come here to get my mum back,” said five-year-old Sanin while talking to reporters in front of the DMCH morgue.

“My little sister Samin is crying a lot,” she could tell the crowd who gathered around her.

Later, she provided blood and cell of her mouth as DNA sample to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). 

Relatives of the five-year-old baby said her mother Bibi Halima Shila, who lived around 200 yards away from the fire spot, might have been perished in the inferno that broke out on Wednesday night.

“Sanin’s mother Shila went to nearby Raihan Pharmacy to buy medicine for her five-month-old daughter Samin around 10:20pm,” said Sanin’s maternal uncle Shah Alam Saju while talking to this correspondent.

“But she did not return,” said Suman, father of Samin.

Anowar Hossain, 21, son of another victim Ahasanullah, 65, was sitting in front of a CID team and waiting for his turn to give DNA samples.

He said his father, who is a leather bag trader by profession, lived at Satraoja road of old Dhaka and went to Haider pharmacy near the spot of the fire around 9:40 pm.

He last talked with mother around 10:10pm over phone. But soon after the incident, phone number of my father that is 01814398417 was found switched off, said Anowar who was looking dazed and clueless.

Raju, 19, son of victim Md Jafor Ahmmad, told the correspondent that he was not getting his father.

“I don’t find my father since the fire incident. Like other day, he went to a hotel of Nandkumar Dutta road where he used to pass some time with his friends and eat dinner together at hotel Rajmahal, said Raju.

His father last talked with a relative of them. But since the fire incident his phone number 01648765249 has been found switched off, he concluded.

Witnesses of the incident said around 10 dead bodies were found lying before Modina Medical hall near the hotel.

Like them, many parents, children, siblings and relatives of many missing persons went to the morgue on Friday

Rumana Akthar, a special superintendent of police (forensic department of CID), said, “As of now, 20 claimants from 15 families have provided DNA samples to us.”

Among the 67 dead bodies, 45 were identified and handed over to family members while 21 bodies remain unidentified.

“After collecting DNA samples from relatives of missing, we will start our lab work,” the official said, adding that they earlier collected samples, including teeth and bones, from the corpses.

According to the information centre of Dhaka District administration, four corpses are kept at DMCH while 15 corpses at National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and Hospital, three corpses at Kurmitola General Hospital and Sir Salimullah Medical College.

Champa Begum along with her two children was waiting at Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for the body of her husband Ishaq, a van puller who was burnt to death in the Chawkbazar fire.

Ishaq and Champa have two sons — Alif, 5, and Arafat, 3. They live at a rented house at Kamrangirchar of the capital. The children were finding their father, but do not know that he will never return.

“Ishaq was returning home from Moulvibazar of Chawkbazar after finishing his work,” his younger brother Roman said at the hospital.

“My two nephews have lost their father forever before they are grown up,” he said.

Roman said they found the body of his elder brother at the morgue and were taking it to their village home in Bikrampur of Munshiganj.

“My elder brother has only a small house left for his wife and two minor sons. But they have no other way of livelihood. In this situation, we are worried about future of my two nephews,” he added.

Sisters lose their dearest brother

Afsana Begum, 30, was seen weeping and looking for his younger brother Nayon, 24 who was burnt to death in the devastating fire incident.

“We are four daughters and Nayon Khan was our dearest younger and only brother. He was part of our heart. We have lost our loved brother,” she said.

Afsana who lives in Savar along with her husband was waiting along with her three other sisters and father Feroj Khan at the DMCH morgue premises.

“We were looking for girl to tie knot Nayon. But all hopes have ended,” she added.

Nayon, worked at a cosmetic factory at the Chawkabazar, along with his parents and younger sister Urmi lived in a rented house at Lalabag area of the capital.

Enamul can’t fulfill dream of family

Kazi Enamul dies in the Chawkbazar fire incident completed MBA from Jahangirnagar University recently was trying to get a job to fulfill dream of Kazibari family of Rampure village in Mirzaganj thana of Potuakhali district.